Saturday, March 31, 2018

Totally Mac-Related…

…since it was produced on a Mac using TextEdit, Pages, Preview, Photos & Dropbox, Martha's new book has gone live on Amazon!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Software Updates for El Capitán and Sierra Users

This is the kind of thing that happens when a whole bunch of updates come out on the same day as the NCC-Mac meeting. I believe most of this month's macOS software updates were solely for High Sierra, but if you are still running El Capitán or Sierra, check the App Store. There are a few goodies there for you too.


Outline of March 2018 NCC-Mac Meeting

Note: Software updates came in hot and heavy this week. This outline contains a few last-moment entries that didn't get mentioned at the meeting.

Announcements
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Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Logic Pro X 10.4.1
Mar 01 '18
Mac OS Music
What's New
• Fixes an issue that could cause the app to quit when opening projects created in an earlier version
• Plug-in settings are properly installed for Step FX, Phat FX, ChromaVerb and the Vintage EQ collection
• Logic no longer quits unexpectedly when pressing play after automation has been copied to another track
• Resolves an issue where ChromaVerb could cause unexpected spikes in CPU usage
• Zoom key commands now work as expected in the Audio File Editor
• Control-clicking on a note in the Piano Roll Editor no longer causes other notes to deselect
Workflow 1.7.8
March 7, 2018 CHEESE
iOS Universal Productivity
Added a new Mask Image action
Added new fields to the Add Things To-Do action
Dictionary items are now reorderable in the Dictionary action
The URL scheme now supports opening workflows — see documentation here
Improved the PDF to text coercion; extracting text from PDFs now works much better
Improved drag and drop handling; you can now drop content onto a workflow in My Workflows without waiting for spring-loading
New Actions (1)
Mask Image
Bug Fixes
Workflow names are now case-insensitive
Fixed a crash when running the Edit Image action
Fixed Todoist and Slack authentication when using a Google account
Fixed an issue where icons from Search App Store and Get My Workflows were saved as JPEG, not PNG
Fixed an issue where the Encode Media action may not delete temporary files properly when encoding to MP3
Fixed an issue where the Custom X-Success URL parameter of the Open X-Callback-URL action did not work
Fixed an issue where variables could not be added to arrays in the Dictionary action
Fixed an issue where booleans could not be added to dictionaries inside dictionaries in the Dictionary action
Fixed an issue where a duplicate workflow could appear after searching for a workflow
Fixed an issue where Workflow could crash when deleting many workflows at once
Fixed an issue where double-tapping a variable button cleared the variable
Fixed an issue where the Tweet and Post on Facebook actions did not work from the Today Widget or Apple Watch
Fixed an issue where passing the output of Scan QR Code to Open URL did not work properly
Fixed an issue where workflows could not be edited after being opened via 3D Touch
Performance improvements to workflow running
VoiceOver improvements
Other bug fixes and minor additions
Apple Store 5.0
Mar 22 '18
iOS Universal Shopping
What's New
- Unlock a more personal, relevant in-store experience. Get product and session recommendations, see Favorites in stock, and scan and buy accessories right from your iPhone.
- With the Sessions tab, find daily sessions on photography, music, and more to take your creativity further. You can also choose a session based on products you already own.
- Manage your orders in more ways. Now view invoices, edit shipping details and engraving messages, or cancel an individual item in your order.
- Get a better look at the savings that come with buying refurbished products.
- Discover design updates and improvements throughout the app.
Shazam 11.8.0
Mar 22 '18
iOS Universal Music
What's New
We’ve been hard at work on performance, making the app lighter and faster.
Do you love Apple Music or Spotify? Head to Settings to get your accounts connected and we’ll magically add your Shazams to a playlist. You can even listen to your Shazams in full! 
Don’t forget to keep your Shazams safe and in sync between your devices. Simply create an account and we’ll back up your Shazams so you’ll never lose them.
Love the app? Rate us! Your feedback is music to our ears, and it helps us make Shazam even better. Got a question? Visit support.shazam.com
Shazam 11.8.1
Mar 28 '18
iOS Universal Music
What's New
This update fixes an issue where bluetooth permissions were being requested when Shazaming a song.
Don’t forget to keep your Shazams safe and in sync between your devices. Simply create an account and we’ll back up your Shazams so you’ll never lose them.
Love the app? Rate us! Your feedback is music to our ears, and it helps us make Shazam even better. Got a question? Visit support.shazam.com
GarageBand 2.3.3
Mar 27 '18
iOS Universal Music
What's New
• New downloadable “Toy Box” sound pack with free educational sound effects, including animals, vehicles, and counting to ten in different languages
• Use facial expressions and the TrueDepth camera for hands-free control over musical effects like guitar wah and synth parameters*
• Adds Modern Wah guitar stompbox effect
• Provides stability improvements and bug fixes
* Requires iPhone X. GarageBand uses ARKit face tracking features to translate your facial expressions into instrument effect controls. Your face information is processed on device, and only music is captured during your performance.
Clips 2.0.3
Mar 27 '18
iOS Universal Photography
What's New
• Four additional Live Title styles featuring new fonts, colors, and layouts
• Four new animated labels with vibrant colors and editable text
• Nine new animated stickers including hand-drawn arrows, scribbles, circles, and underlining
• Eleven new Apple-designed posters for creating animated title cards, including education-themed blackboard and notebook designs
• Two new Selfie Scenes on iPhone X from Disney•Pixar that put you in the “Finding Dory” reef and on the Scare Floor from “Monsters, Inc.”
• Drop shadows have been added to some labels to improve visibility against light backgrounds
• Fixes an issue that could prevent photos stored in iCloud Photo Library from displaying correctly in Clips projects
• Improved stability when deleting projects 
Pages 4.0
Mar 27 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Draw, write, and annotate using Apple Pencil on supported devices, or use your finger.
- Easily add drawings with pen, pencil, crayon, and fill tools.
- Use Smart Annotation Beta to add comments and marks that stay anchored to their associated text.
• Make beautiful digital books using new book templates.
• Collaborate in real time on documents stored in Box.
• Add an image gallery to view a collection of photos on the same page.
• Use presenter mode to easily read and auto scroll text while giving a speech.
• Create and edit paragraph styles and character styles.
• View pages side by side as you work. 
• Turn on facing pages to format your document as two-page spreads.
• Create master pages to keep the design consistent across your page layout document. 
• Change your document orientation to landscape or portrait.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes. 
• Use donut charts to visualize data in an engaging new way.
• Use conditional highlighting in tables to change the appearance of a cell when the value meets specified conditions.
• New option to automatically format fractions as you type.
Keynote 4.0
Mar 27 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Draw and write with Apple Pencil on supported devices, or use your finger.
• Animate drawings during slideshows.
• Collaborate in real time on presentations stored in Box.
• Easily change the theme of a presentation.
• Adjust presentation slide size and aspect ratio.
• Use donut charts to visualize data in an engaging new way.
• Add an interactive image gallery to view a collection of photos.
• Enhance presentations with a variety of new editable shapes.
Numbers 4.0
Mar 27 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Draw and write with Apple Pencil on supported devices, or use your finger.
• Collaborate in real time on spreadsheets stored in Box.
• Use conditional highlighting in tables to change the appearance of a cell when the value meets specified conditions.
• Powerful new options for sorting and filtering tables.
• Improved, customizable import of CSV and text data, with support for custom delimiters and fixed-width files.
• Use donut charts to visualize data in an engaging new way.
• Add an interactive image gallery to view a collection of photos.
• Enhance spreadsheets with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Full bidirectional support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Pages 7.0
Mar 27 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Make beautiful digital books using new book templates.
• Collaborate in real time on documents stored in Box. Requires macOS High Sierra.
• View pages side by side as you work. 
• Turn on facing pages to format your document as two-page spreads.
• Add an image gallery to view a collection of photos on the same page.
• Create master pages to keep the design consistent across your page layout document. 
• Use donut charts to visualize data in an engaging new way.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes. 
• Additional options for reducing the file size of documents.
• New option to automatically format fractions as you type.
Numbers 5.0
Mar 27 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Collaborate in real time on spreadsheets stored in Box. Requires macOS High Sierra.
• Use donut charts to visualize data in an engaging new way.
• Add an interactive image gallery to view a collection of photos.
• Enhance spreadsheets with a variety of new editable shapes. 
• Improved, customizable import of CSV and text data, with support for custom delimiters and fixed-width files.
• Additional options for reducing the file size of spreadsheets.
• Full bidirectional support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Keynote 8.0
Mar 27 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Collaborate in real time on presentations stored in Box. Requires macOS High Sierra.
• Use donut charts to visualize data in an engaging new way.
• Add an interactive image gallery to view a collection of photos.
• Enhance presentations with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Additional options for reducing the file size of presentations.
Xcode 9.3
Mar 29 '18
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9.3 includes Swift 4.1 and SDKs for iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.3, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
• New Energy tab in the Organizer window includes logs generated when your app consumes too much power
• Swift build tasks and other commands are run in parallel more often to improve build performance
• Swift compiler adds new code size optimization, enabled with the -Osize build setting
• Quick access to callers is available by clicking on a symbol while holding the command key
• Asset catalogs support AR Reference Image files that can be detected in the real-world by your ARKit apps
• New xccov command line tool lets you inspect code coverage reports
• Improved source editor performance when working on extremely large files 
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
Apple Support 2.2
Mar 29 '18
iOS Universal Utilities
What's New
Performance improvements and bug fixes
Apple TV 1.2.4
Mar 29 '18
iOS Universal Entertainment
What's New
• General updates and enhancements including landscape view on iPhone.
iOS 11.3
iOS 11.3 introduces new features including ARKit 1.5 with support for more immersive augmented reality experiences, iPhone Battery Health (Beta), new Animoji for iPhone X users, and more. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.
Augmented Reality
ARKit 1.5 allows developers to place digital objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors in addition to horizontal surfaces
Adds support for detecting and incorporating images like movie posters or artwork into AR experiences
Supports a higher resolution real world camera view when using AR experiences
 
iPhone Battery Health (Beta)
Displays information on iPhone maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability
Indicates if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and includes the option to disable it
Recommends if a battery needs to be replaced
 
iPad charge management
Maintains battery health when iPad is connected to power for prolonged periods of time, such as when it is used in kiosks, point of sale systems, or stored in charging carts
 
Animoji
Introduces four new Animoji on iPhone X: lion, bear, dragon and skull
 
Privacy
When an Apple feature asks to use your personal information, an icon now appears along with a link to detailed information explaining how your data will be used and protected
 
Business Chat (Beta) - US only
Communicate with companies to easily ask questions, schedule appointments, and make purchases inside the built-in Messages app on iPhone and iPad
 
Health Records (Beta) - US only
Access health records and view lab results, immunizations, and more in a consolidated timeline in the Health app
 
Apple Music
Features a new music video experience, including an updated Music Videos section with exclusive video playlists
Find friends that have similar tastes using updated suggestions in Apple Music that reveal genres people enjoy and mutual friends that follow them
 
News
Top Stories now always appear first in For You
Watch Top Videos curated by News editors
 
App Store
Adds ability to sort customer reviews on product pages by Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, or Most Recent
Improves Updates tab information with app version and file size
 
Safari
Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field
Includes warnings in the Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non-encrypted web pages
AutoFill for usernames and passwords is now available in web views within apps
Articles shared to Mail from Safari are now formatted using Reader mode by default when Reader is available
Folders in Favorites now show icons for the bookmarks contained within
 
Keyboards
Adds two new Shuangpin keyboard layouts
Adds support for connected hardware keyboards using the Turkish F keyboard layout
Improves Chinese and Japanese keyboards for better reachability on on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices
Enables switching back to the keyboard after dictation with just one tap
Addresses an issue where auto-correct could incorrectly capitalize some words
Fixes an issue on iPad Pro that prevented the iPad Smart Keyboard from working after connecting to a captive Wi-Fi access point
Fixes an issue that could cause the Thai keyboard to incorrectly switch to the numeric layout when in landscape mode
 
Accessibility
App Store adds accessibility support for bold and large text for display customization
Smart Invert adds support for images on the web and in Mail messages
Improves RTT experience and adds RTT support for T-Mobile
Improves app switching on iPad for VoiceOver and Switch Control users
Addresses an issue where VoiceOver incorrectly described Bluetooth status and badge icons
Fixes an issue where end call button might not be presented in the Phone app when using VoiceOver
Fixes an issue where in-app app rating was not accessible with VoiceOver
Resolves an issue when using Live Listen that could distort audio playback
 
Other improvements and fixes
Introduces support for the AML standard which provides more accurate location data to emergency responders when SOS is triggered (in supported countries)
Adds support for software authentication as a new way for developers to create and enable HomeKit compatible accessories
Podcasts now plays episodes with a single tap, and you can tap Details to learn more about each episode
Improves search performance for users with long notes in Contacts
Improves performance of Handoff and Universal Clipboard when both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network
Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from waking the display
Addresses an issue that could delay or prevent playback of Visual Voicemail
Resolves an issue that prevented opening a web link in Messages
Fixes an issue that could prevent users from returning to Mail after previewing a message attachment
Fixes an issue that could cause Mail notifications to reappear on the Lock screen after they had been cleared
Resolves an issue that could cause time and notifications to disappear from the Lock Screen
Resolves an issue that prevented parents from using Face ID to approve Ask to Buy requests
Fixes an issue in Weather where current weather conditions may not have been updated
Fixes an issue where contacts may not sync with a car’s phone book when connected over Bluetooth
Addresses an issue that could prevent audio apps from playing in cars when the app was in the background
 
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 
tvOS 11.3
tvOS 11.3 introduces performance improvements and bug fixes for issues discovered following the release of tvOS 11.2.6. 
The update introduces enhancements to Match Content support, automatic frame rate switching on the fourth-generation Apple TV (a feature that was added to Apple TV 4K in a past update), and automatic mode switching for AirPlay video sessions.
watchOS 4.3
This update contains new features, improvements, and bug fixes.
Control volume and playback on HomePod from your Apple Watch
Restores ability to control music on iPhone
Use any orientation for Nightstand charging mode
Siri watch face now shows progress towards closing Activity rings and when new songs are added to Apple Music mixes
Resolves an issue where Activity achievements were incorrectly awarded for some users
Fixes an issue where Siri music commands were not working for some audio devices
 
Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/HT201222
macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
Mar 29 '18
Mac OS Utilities
What's New
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac.
This update:
• Adds support for Business Chat conversations in Messages in the U.S.
• Adds support for external graphics processors (eGPUs)
• Fixes graphics corruption issues affecting certain apps on iMac Pro
• Allows jumping to the right-most open tab using Command+9 in Safari
• Enables sorting Safari bookmarks by name or URL by right clicking and choosing ‘Sort By…’
• Fixes an issue that may prevent web link previews from appearing in Messages
• Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field in Safari
• Displays warnings in the Safari Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non-encrypted web pages
• Displays privacy icons and links to explain how your data will be used and protected when Apple features ask to use your personal information
The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
iMazing (Update)
Apple Special Event—Lane Tech, Chicago
Q&A, General Discussion